Ukraine v. Russia: ECHR to rule on Crimean case on 14 January

Ukraine v. Russia: ECHR to rule on Crimean case on 14 January

The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a ruling in Ukraine v. Russia case re Crimea on 14 January.

“The European Court of Human Rights will be delivering a Grand Chamber ruling in the case of Ukraine v. Russia (re Crimea) (application no. 20958/14) at a public hearing on 14 January 2021 at 10 a.m.,” the ECHR’s press service informs.

The case concerns Ukraine’s allegations of a pattern (“administrative practice”) of violations of the European Convention on Human Rights by the Russian Federation in Crimea.

“The Ukrainian Government maintains that the Russian Federation has from 27 February 2014 exercised effective control over the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, integral parts of Ukraine, and has exercised jurisdiction over a situation which has resulted in numerous Convention violations. The Government alleges that the violations are a result of a general administrative practice by the Russian Federation,” the ECHR explained.

The ECHR reminds that the case originates in two applications against Russia lodged with the Court by Ukraine on 13 March 2014 and 26 August 2015, respectively. Both applications concern events in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. On 11 June 2018 the two applications were joined and given the new name Ukraine v. Russia (re Crimea).

Ukraine has lodged a number of other inter-State cases against Russia, and there are more than 7,000 individual applications concerning events in Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and the Sea of Azov.


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